I had a UC last Monday, the 7th. I just decided what I'm going to name my little guy (Henry Owen) so I'd like to apply for a birth certificate here in Cecil County, MD.
My 1st UC was in DE, and I simply filled out an application and had a note from my homeopathic doc stating it was a "live" birth. I may have had to show proof of pregnancy, because I now remember later calling a midwife where I had taken my positive pregnancy test for a note, I believe.
My 2nd UC was in PA and I only had to fill out an application.
This time around seems more difficult. The MD Vital Statistics Department told me that I can NOT obtain a birth certificate through them and that I had to call the Health Department for a nurse to come out to my home! That sounds scary to me, although I know that I've done nothing wrong. From what I understand, UC is legal in the US. Also, this wasn't a planned UC like the other two. I even had regular prenatal care through an OB.
So, my question is, is there another way to obtain a Birth Certificate here in MD, or do I have to do it through the Health Department and allow them to come to my home? Also, if/when they come to my home, what is it for? Do they examine the baby? Will they inspect my home? Will they harass me about my choices, like to not vaccinate? Or is it a simple procedure?
I've also never had to "prove" a child was mine. Will they require proof? Will the fact I did prenatal care through an OB help? Or could I simply nurse the baby or show the placenta to show he's mine? Seems like a silly thing to ask, but I'm a private person and I'm also afraid when it comes to state/goverment "checks." I know how backwards they are!
Any info would be appreciated!